CIRAS DIGEST: Monday, November 11, 2015

  • There’s no mention of a food court, but the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel had a story over the weekend about the opening of a new “manufacturing mall” – a 12,000-square-foot building with four businesses. The mall intends to be “a one-stop shop for everything from engineering and product prototypes to metal fabrication and machine maintenance.”
  • The site has story discussing connective links between businesses where everybody outsources a portion of what’s needed to bring a product to market. The headline tells you most of what you need to know: “Is the Uber model the future of manufacturing?”
  • The Des Moines Register has a story on a search by the Iowa Economic Development Authority for a new office economist. It’s been 15 years since the state’s economic development arm had its own staff economist, but IEDA says it wants more research.
  • If you’re interested, a Florida news site called Sunshine State News, has an editorial calling for national politicians to thumb their noses at Midwestern corn growers and reject ethanol mandates. The headline: “Iowa Be Damned: End the Renewable Fuel Standard.”
  • Radio Iowa predict “gloomy financial times ahead for Iowa farmers as commodity prices trend lower for corn and soybeans.”
  • The reason for those gloomy times? According to Waterloo Courier, this year’s Iowa soybean crop “has set a record, and corn may not be far off.”
  • has a (rather dense) piece on ways mobile devices are “transforming efficiency on manufacturing floor. Roughly, it boils down to three things – better access to efficiency information, easier interfaces for employees and equipment that can call for help by itself.

That’s it. Thanks for reading.

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